Original Toshikata (1866 - 1908) Japanese Woodblock Print
Operating Room, 1895
The Kuchi-e Tradition - Kuchi-e prints are woodblock frontispiece illustrations used in the publication of Japanese novels and magazines around the turn of the 20th century. Most kuchi-e prints were illustrations of bijin and continued the tradition of idealized beauties in Japanese art. The subjects, however, have a decidedly Meiji era feel about them and reflect the artistic movement towards more western design. Kuchi-e prints typically have one or two folds because of their use.
Much interest has been generated in the subject since the publication in 2000 of Helen Merritt and Nanako Yamada's book, "Woodblock Kuchi-e Prints: Reflections of Meiji Culture." Kuchi-e prints have become highly sought after and collected by the serious collector.
Comments - Interesting kuchi-e illustration for a novel titled "Operating Room." A sick woman is shown reclining in bed, resting her head on her hand with a weary expression. Her hair is held back with a white sash, and she has a heavy quilt draped over her shoulders. A tray on the floor holds bottles of medicine and a small cup. The inset at right features a formal portrait of a couple, the man standing beside his seated wife, a bowler hat in hand. Beautifully drawn with fine detail in the interior setting and household furnishings, and burnishing in the black pillow and quilt.
Artist - Toshikata (1866 - 1908)
Image Size - 8 3/4" x 11 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight paper remnants on reverse at corners from previous mounting. Horizontal and vertical folds. Slight thinning at edge, repaired. Slight creasing, slight soiling at edges. Please see photos for details.